Karp and Kunes Combine For Two-Hitter in #24 Baseball's 8-3 Win.

Feb. 23, 2001

LOS ANGELES, CA - Josh Karp struck out eight batters and allowed only one hit through six innings to lead the Bruins to an 8-3 victory over #16 Tulane in non conference action tonight. The Bruins allowed the three runs in the fourth, all unearned, but scored six runs in the sixth and added two more in the seventh for the winning margin. With the win, the Bruins have defeated their third highly ranked opponent in seven days to improve to 10-4 overall. Tulane drops to 10-3 on the season.

Karp got things started well for the Bruins, striking out four batters in the first three innings. However, in the fourth, the Bruin defense struggled and allowed Tulane to score three unearned runs. Jake Gautreau reached first on a Rashad Parker error to start the inning. After a strikeout, Karp walked Matt Groff, and hit Michael Aubrey with a pitch to load the bases. Karp responded by striking out James Burgess, but Anthony Giarratano got on base on another Parker error that allowed Gautreau to score. Mike VanDaele singled to left field for the only hit of the inning, but it allowed Groff and Aubrey to score to give the Green Wave a 3-0 lead.

Tulane's starter Nick Bourgeois looked strong through five innings, allowing only two hits and no runs through five. But the Bruins made another comeback in the sixth. Brian Baron started the inning with a single through the left side and Adam Berry walked. Eric Reece singled through the left side, scoring Baron. A Randall Shelley walk loaded the bases again, and was enough to send Bourgeois to the showers. Casey Grzecka was hit by Andrew Corona's second pitch of the game, allowing Berry to score. Josh Canales blooped a single that dropped in front of center fielder Groff that scored Shelley. Matt Pearl picked up a walk, and in Baron's second at bat of the inning, he hit a two RBI single up the middle to give the Bruins a 6-3 advantage.

Reece started the seventh with a double down the left field line. Shelley struck out swinging, but reached first on a wild pitch. Grzecka hit his second double of the game to drive in Reece and Shelley to widen the lead, 8-3.

Mike Kunes relieved Karp in the seventh and allowed only one hit to pick up his first save of the season. He struck out two batters and only walked one.

With the strong outing, Karp picked up the win to improve to 2-0 on the season. Reece finished the day 3-5 with two runs and one RBI. Baron had another strong effort, going 2-4 with two RBI and one run. Grzecka had his best outing at UCLA, picking up two doubles and three RBI.

This is game one of a three game series. Games two and three will be played on Saturday as a doubleheader starting at noon. Originally, game three was scheduled to be played on Sunday at 1:00, but was moved up a day due to the threat of rain.

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